The Invention of Sarah Cummings (Avenue of Dreams Book #3) [NOOK Book]

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Sarah Cummings has one goal in life--to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner and to start eating at society tables, Sarah alters cast-off gowns from the wealthy Banning women to create lustrous, flattering dresses of her own. On a whim at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage, Sarah finds that she must choose between the life ...
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Overview

Sarah Cummings has one goal in life--to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner and to start eating at society tables, Sarah alters cast-off gowns from the wealthy Banning women to create lustrous, flattering dresses of her own. On a whim at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage, Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of. Will she sacrifice love to continue her pretense? Or can Simon show her that sometimes you don't have to pretend for dreams to come true?

Olivia Newport brings us back to Prairie Avenue to explore the place where class, social expectations, and romance come together. Readers will enjoy following the intrepid Sarah as she searches for true love in a world of illusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441243126
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Series: Avenue of Dreams , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 20,577
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where day lilies grow as tall as she is.
Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her husband and two adult children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    A GOOD READ

    Good unusual story line that kept my interest peaked.

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    Posted April 15, 2014

    Lol

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    Another excellent book from Olivia Newport, research by Stephen

    Another excellent book from Olivia Newport, research by Stephen Reginald.  Loved it!  It was fun to get reacquainted with many of the characters from the previous books (read them 1st for full effect - "Pursuit of Lucy Banning" and "Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow".  While we meet those characters again, this book has its own life, spirit, timeframe and diction which make it more than a sequel.  Sarah is a person to hate, resent, love, admire, empathize with.  The bottom line of the book is that it can help any of us remember to dream and keep our hopes.  I so hope there will be a 4th in the series.  It's fun "walking through Chicago"  living the history along with them.  You feel like you're down the street.    Having the fictional family set against true historical Chicago and names of the time, is brilliant and becomes immediately believable.  Buy all 3 right away!

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    The Invention of Sarah Cummings is about a young lady who wants

    The Invention of Sarah Cummings is about a young lady who wants to be part of high society in Chicago. Sarah Cummings gets herself into a fix when she starts using a fake name, Serena Cuthbert. And then starts making up her past life. She then meets Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage. Can she get over wanting to be part of high society and just start being herself to get what she's dreamed of?
    I loved this installment of the Avenue of Dreams Series. Sarah / Serena was a fun character to read about. This was my favorite book of the series. I would recommend this book, as well as, the rest of the series. 4 stars.

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

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    Olivia Newport in her new book, "The Invention Of Sarah Cum

    Olivia Newport in her new book, "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" Book Three in the Avenue of Dreams series published by Revell introduces us to Sarah Cummings .




    From the Back Cover: In a world where everyone is putting on a show, there is a love that is genuine.




    Sarah Cummings has one goal in life-to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner to members of the wealthy Banning family and to start eating at society tables, Sarah spends her meager free time altering cast-off gowns to create the perfect wardrobe for her future life.




    When opportunity knocks at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to her goal-and closer to Simon Tewell, director of St. Andrew's Orphanage-Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of.




    Can she piece together the perfect life from scraps? Or will it all come unraveled in the face of true love?




    Sarah Cummings works as a parlor maid for the Bannings family, from the first book in this series, and she has had a hard life from finding herself suddenly an orphan and forced to grow up in an orphanage she has never had the opportunity to explore her dreams. Sarah is a really good seamstress and makes the most out of old Banning castoffs. Sarah's invention? Well she invents the persona of Serena Cuthbert, a young woman of wealth. "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" is a story of personal identity and finding fulfillment with the gifts that God has given you. And then there is the romance. Ms. Newport has an amazing way with her characters as she breathes life into them. We get so caught up with the them and their stories that we want there to be more even as we see the book coming to an end. "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" is even better than the previous two books and is a fitting end to the series. And while I hate to see this series end I can say that I am looking forward to Ms. Newport's next series.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."




    Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS by Olivia Newport Inspirational

    THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS by Olivia Newport Inspirational Historical Romance set during the Gilded Age of Chicago,1890. #3 in the "Avenue of Dreams" series,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters. See," The Pursuit of Lucy Banning", and "The Dilemma Of Charlotte Farrow". Sarah Cummings wants desperately to break into high society of Chicago instead of serving them. She works for a wealthy Chicago family, the Banning family, as their parlor maid,but she dreams of a bigger and better life. In her spare time she re-creates cast-off gowns into gowns for her future into High society. Thus,she creates, Serena Cuthbert, with a fictitious past and name what could possibly go wrong? Everything! Enter....Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage. When social class, their expectations,and the past coincides with the present all bets are off. Filled with deception,secrets,faith,forgiveness,healing and love. Sarah/Serena soon learns that you can't go back. While, you may not like Sarah/Serena for the choices she makes or the life she chose, you can not entirely dislike her either. She may be conniving,but she is also charming. As she sees her stories unraveling,can she save the love she has blossoming? Or will she lose it all to her deceit? To find out Sarah/Serena's story, pick up "The Invention of Sarah Cummings" you will not regret your choice. Ms. Newport is a masterful storyteller, who brings history to life on every page as well as her engaging characters,she also gives the reader a glimpse into the life of women during a past era. A delightful read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    *Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*

    RATING:4

    HEAT RATING: Sweet

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    A great conclusion to the trilogy! I wasn't sure how I felt abo

    A great conclusion to the trilogy!

    I wasn't sure how I felt about Sarah being the main focus of the third book in this series, but I was impressed how Newport "reinvented" her character. This book is worth the read, especially if you thought Sarah acted like a brat in The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. I'm sad to read the last of the Banning family; however, I have enjoyed every page with them.

    Sarah is not your average character. Especially in the 1890s. She aspires to be more than just a servant, she wants to be included in high society. She, for some reason, believes that living with fortune will bring her happiness. I liked the way Newport used certain things to turn her around and set her on the right path. I did feel like the ending was rushed, I would have been a little more satisfied had it been longer.

    If you've kept up with the rest of the series, then I believe you'll enjoy this one. It can be read stand-alone, but I encourage you to pick up the previous books first. The Invention of Sarah Cummings is a great rainy-day afternoon read as you follow her antics balancing a double life. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey, fans of the Gilded Age will like the story.

    Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    Feeling somewhat at a loss having not read the first two books i

    Feeling somewhat at a loss having not read the first two books in this series, I nevertheless enjoyed The Invention of Sarah Cummings as a standalone story.  Olivia Newport was unfamiliar to me as an author and I presently regard her highly as a fine writer and am excited to read her future works.  The time period of late 1800’s is a favorite of mine in this historical genre.




    It was difficult at times not to be a tad judgmental of Sarah’s choices; but learning her background definitely gave me more understanding and compassion toward her as an individual.  She was impetuous, to say the least and at first, quite unlikeable.  Without that compelling characteristic, the story wouldn’t have taken hold of my interest as it did.  Ms Newport’s story is rich in history around the 1800’s time frame, including the political tensions on all sides of the presidential election between William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan.  The author obviously is a deep researcher into historical facts which lends completely in writing truth into fiction – a very admirable quality.




    Chicago high society in that day is snobbish and discriminating – developing a wide gap in expected behavior between the rich and the poor, particularly those in service to the “polite society.”  Sarah Cummings became an orphan in her early teens through a tragic loss of both parents.  Without anyone to take guardianship over her, she was placed in St Andrews Orphanage, where she met Simon Tewell, the director of St Andrews who had a secret affinity for Sarah.  Sarah had no faith in a God that would allow such misfortune and unhappiness in her life.  She was empty and developed some vindictive conniving habits that she felt deservedly would take her where she wanted to go.  A chance meeting in a hat shop with a young lady of culture, Lillie Wagner was the beginning of Sarah Cummings new identity as Serena Cuthbert with an impressive new history of living the life of wealthy infamy.  Lillie and Serena became instant and fast friends.




    So – here we go, hold onto your hat!  Lillie takes Serena in hand and introduces her to the society of Chicago and Prairie Avenue, where coincidently Sarah was in service as a maid to the Banning family.  Sarah, talented with a needle and thread and could fashion her own clothing from hand-me-downs with an aura perceived as high fashion readily disguising her as the wealthy young woman of good grace named Serena Cuthbert.  Story tension builds when Serena meets Bradley Townsend and targets him as husband material.  Bradley is involved in the political scene with a life of his own that caused the infrequent dates that was frustrating to Serena. 




    Serena exploited others unwisely in her endeavors to exist in her disguise.  Serena’s antics at being in two places at once, her deceptions, her unique contriving  routes of travel, and lies was dizzying.  I felt I needed to keep a score card going page after page of Sarah’s demise as Serena could head for a downfall at any time.  In my mind, I fathomed Ms Newport still held a few surprising shocks ahead, which kept me involved.  Would waiting for Serena and Sarah to meet the real Creator be fulfilled?  Candidly, there is nothing further I can share with you about this finely structured tale without ruining your own joy in reading Sarah/Serena’s story.   Olivia Newport has written a story of what can happen to anyone without proper respect and value for God’s love, grace and tender mercies.  Great lessons can be learned from this worthwhile and imaginative writing skill of Ms Olivia Newport’s Invention of Sarah Cummings. 

    Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received this book through Revell's Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
     

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    Another good book by Olivia Newport. This being the third book i

    Another good book by Olivia Newport. This being the third book in the series I was reunited with some of the folks I learned to love in the previous two books.
    Sarah Cummings has had a hard life, she went to school one day, and when she returned her life was changed forever. Her parents had both died in a buggy accident, and she ended up in St Andrew's Orphanage. In this book Sarah is trying to escape her past and wants to live more like the people she is in Service to. When she strikes up a conversation with Lillie, a young woman of wealth, she enters a new world...and uses a made of name of Serena Cuthbert. Her parents are traveling in Europe. "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
    Will Sarah come to senses? Or will she end up in a relationship with someone who will only use her? Will new friends and old ever be able to forgive her?
    You will find this one to be a page turner, and want to get to the end to find out the answers to all the questions your mind is going to be asking you. I for one really enjoyed this book.

    I received this book through Revell's Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    Olivia Newport has done it again! She has presented her readers

    Olivia Newport has done it again! She has presented her readers with an historically accurate picture
    of in Chicago in the late 1800’s. Once again I was drawn into the lives of all the residents of Prairie Avenue especially that of Sarah Cummings, the featured character. When first introduced to Sarah Cummings she was little more than a child and quite a brat but Olivia Newport transforms her into a warm sympathetic character. One day her childhood is shattered when her doting parents are tragically killed. Housed first in an orphanage and now in service she is determined that she shall not spend her years as “just a maid.” All women can relate to Sarah’s plight as she yearns to be more and I followed her with wonder as she “invents” for herself a persona of refinement and culture.

    The characters from the first two books of the series also make appearances which provides a strong continuity for the reader. This is one of those series that you don’t want to end as the setting, charm and people of that time draw you in a make you feel a part of that era. I will forever be entranced by Prairie Avenue! This would make a great tv mini series…Hallmark are you listening?




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    Posted October 13, 2013

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